The German Goth group FROZEN MEMORY is back for another round, and it seems like little has changed from 2006’s “Into Infinity.” Well, okay, the lyrics are now entirely in German rather than being split between German and English, but other than that, “Heimatlos” is primarily composed of the same dark Rock/Metal that the band has been playing over the years.
The “Heimatlos” trilogy that makes up the first part of the album is made up of three piano-dominated songs, all of which are variations on the same theme, just with different arrangements. The first song is nearly all piano, the second one adds some power chords and heavier drumming, and the third one adds a touch of acoustic guitar and some searing electric harmonies. Of the three, “Heimatlos III” is probably the strongest because it feels like a culmination of the previous two songs, incorporating many different musical elements.
Katrin Fuchs is once again in top form on this release, delivering a solid performance all around. The production is decent for an underground release, but I can’t stop thinking about how great her voice could sound with the right production. At it stands, her voice sounds a bit buried underneath the piano and guitar at times.
FROZEN MEMORY is at their best when playing a song with a faster tempo. “Meine Welt In Dir” was a bit of a surprise, but a pleasant one; I wasn’t expecting them to get so heavy all of a sudden. The same goes for "Flammenwelt", which is probably the best (and hardest) song on the album. Getting to hear a Goth outfit cut loose every once in a while is a rare treat.
I could do without a few of the songs on the album, however. The two short instrumentals, “Tagtraum” and “Nachtflug,” seem like little more than filler. “Abenddämmerung” and “Ins Ungewisse” don’t live up to the rest of the album’s quality. The bonus track, “Ticket To Nowhere 2008,” might as well be part of the “Heimatlos” trilogy.
Overall, “Heimatlos is a slight improvement over “Into Infinity.” Better production on Fuchs’ vocals (and, I guess, a record deal) would really help this band. I’m really digging how well the piano is used, though, as well as how heavier songs are used to prevent things from getting too boring.
(Online February 9, 2009)